After a memorable visit to Malmaison Oxford I’ve kept my eyes open for other special deals from the boutique hotel chain. Renowned for converting interesting old buildings into stylish hotels, I’ve made it my mission to spend a night at every Malmaison venue, so when another corking deal came up for a £30 Sunday night stay at Malmaison Birmingham I had that baby booked in no time!
Based in central Birmingham, this hotel offers easy access to the city centre, including the Bullring shopping centre and Birmingham New Street train station.
A converted Royal Mail sorting office
Located within a posh shopping area called The Mailbox, Malmaison Birmingham has been converted from an old Royal Mail sorting office into a 189 room high-end hotel. And after the experience of sleeping in a converted cell back in Oxford I was looking forward to seeing what aspects of the building’s history had survived its upmarket transformation.
Sadly I found that there were very few nods to the building’s past life aside from an iron post box on the reception, but even so it was a beautifully plush venue similar in style to its sister site in Oxford.
As you walk through the sliding doors you head into the dark and decadent reception area, complete with moody lighting, plush sofas and black and white photographs of rock stars. This is very much Malmaison’s signature ambience, which personally reminds me of an Abercrombie & Fitch store – so dark you almost have to feel your way around!
Although Malmaison Birmingham didn’t have the uniqueness of its Oxford counterpart, it still oozed comfort and luxury and as modern hotels go it didn’t disappoint.
As part of the deal I ticked the box that gives you the option to pay just £16 to upgrade your room from a standard room up to either a club room or suite, so I was extra chuffed to have the chance to experience a little more luxury when I found out a club room was available.
Luxury hotel rooms
More luxe furnishings welcomed me when I headed up to my room, with gorgeous, thick throws adorning my queen size bed and a classy Eames lounge chair that I made myself comfortable in straight away, well, after getting cosy in the matching Malmaison bathrobe and slippers I found waiting for me in the wardrobe, of course!
While I sat down and checked out the spa menu (which did look inviting although too pricy for my pocket) my other half decided to check out the gadgets, and was happy to discover our 40″ flat screen TV came with Sky Sports (boo!) whilst he tried to master the Lavazza coffee machine. This did take him a while, but he later admitted his perseverance was worth it, which is high praise from a self-confessed coffee snob like him.
After pulling myself away from the lounge chair, where I’d curled myself up in those gorgeous throws, I of course, headed into the bathroom to check out what goodies were on offer.
I was disappointed with the bathroom’s lack of ‘Malmaison’ style, as it really did look like a generic hotel bathroom complete with white tiles that wouldn’t look out of place in a Travelodge, but I must confess I did a little squeal of excitement when I discovered the wonderful toiletries on offer. Especially as this included a tube of my absolutely favourite ESPA body wash, Bergamot, Jasmine & Cedar Wood!
We didn’t try out the bar or brasserie during our one night stay as we headed out to Hotel du Vin for a slap up meal, but the room itself was lovely and after sinking into the wonderfully soft bed I had a great night’s sleep.
In addition, we found the reception staff to be very helpful and friendly, although for the second time we weren’t given great information about parking options for disabled drivers. We were directed to a very expensive car park, but after a little detective work we discovered a free parking area, the same distance from the hotel. But be prepared – you’re looking at paying £20+ a night for car parking if you choose to travel by car rather than train.
Would I stay again?
Although I wasn’t as enamoured of Malmaison in Birmingham as Oxford, I did think my room was wonderful and I loved some of the decor such as the lounge chair and the ace oversized hanging light bulbs. I also loved the little treats provided, such as the jar of mini sweets.
The experience wasn’t as unique this time round, but the hotel offers a high quality, opulent setting that you’ve expect from a luxury hotel chain. So, with that in mind, although I’m not sure I’d pay full price to return here, I’d happily snap up another special offer if it came along.